— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— Illinois finally has a budget after far too long without one. There were many consequences for the delay in pushing a balanced budget through. The prolonged crisis affected millions of Illinoisans – from college students and working families, to older residents and social service providers. Illinoisans of all backgrounds, angry over the lack of a balanced state budget, took action to demand results from the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly. Thank you for raising your voice and joining thousands …

— Through a recently launched campaign called Enough is Enough, AARP Illinois is encouraging state residents to demand that their elected officials come up with a plan to balance the state budget. For two years, the state has operated with a stopgap budget, leading to a 2017 deficit estimated to run between $5.6 billion and $7.2 billion. In addition, the state faces $13.2 billion in unpaid bills from previous years. The legislative impasse over the budget has stymied services, adversely affecting …

—   On Tuesday, July 20th, AARP Illinois along with WCBU: Peoria Public Radio and NPR Illinois will host an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Peoria, Illinois. The forum will be held at Peoria City Hall, located at 419 Fulton Street from 6pm-7:30pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/pastduepeoria or call, toll-free, 1-877-926-8300 State Budget: Past Due Peoria event is the 4th of an 11 part series allowing Illinois residents who …

— Thousands of older Illinoisans prefer to stay in their own homes and communities, surrounded by their loved ones, friends, and neighbors, and receive the services they need in order to remain independent and age with dignity . This can all change very quickly – and for the worse – unless you help us by adding your voice. Governor Rauner has gone around the General Assembly to impose the so-called and untested Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), a senior care initiative that would …

— AT&T pushed through the Illinois General Assembly a bill that would put an end to all landline telephone services without an alternative. This bill would abolish state required landline services to all households and eliminate low-cost calling plans. AARP Illinois joined with Illinois PIRG and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to try to protect consumers against deregulation. In the end, legislators sided with a multi-billion dollar profitable company, instead of protecting consumers or solving Illinois’ most pressing and important issue …

— Every year, thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured on our roadways. It’s a serious issue that needs to be addressed. For instance, 554 people were killed and 9,480 seriously injured in Chicago traffic crashes from 2010-2014. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation in just those four years death and serious injuries from these crashes increased 8 percent. This is why AARP Illinois has joined with City of Chicago officials and advocates to support Vision Zero, a nationwide …

— Wednesday, May 17th, AARP Illinois along with Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois hosted an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Champaign, Illinois.  The 2nd of an 11 part series allows Illinois residents who have been directly impacted to discuss the burden the lack of a balanced budget has placed on their community. The forum held at the iHotel and Conference Center included AARP State President Rosanna Marquez; former Illinois governor Jim …

— Thursday, April 27th, Approximately 150 Illinois attended the first AARP Illinois-NPR Illinois town hall on the state budget forum entitled: State Budget: Past Due.  This event held at the Wyndham: Springfield Center is a key component of our Enough is Enough campaign. With nearly $10 billion in deficit and $14 billion in unpaid bills, millions of Illinoisans of all ages have lost critical services and all Illinoisans now face burdens as the crisis worsens. Illinois needs a comprehensive budget solution …

— AARP Illinois Enough is Enough advocacy campaign is in full swing, and on Thursday, April 27th, we will host along with NPR Illinois our first Town Hall Forum – in Springfield.  Our mission is to put pressure on elected officials to come up with plans that once and for all fix Illinois’ prolonged fiscal crisis. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo was interviewed today by Sean Crawford, News Director for NPR Illinois and the interview is being played across the entire NPR …

— Enough is Enough! Illinois needs long term budgetary and fiscal solutions that work for everybody and your State Representative needs to be accountable to you on what his/her solution is for a balanced budget and to pay the state’s overdue bills. Sign AARP Illinois on-line petition action.aarp.org/EnoughisEnough or call our toll free hotline at 844-226-1190 and make your voice heard. Have you or your loved ones lost services you need because the Legislature and the Governor cannot agree on a balanced …